Disney's 13 live-action adaptations ranked from worst to best

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2022
Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2022 /
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3. Beauty and the Beast

Maybe it's a bit long, but the adaptation of Disney's groundbreaking masterpiece still captures the magic well. Emma Watson is a wonderful Belle, with Dan Stevens matching her as the Beast. The supporting cast is terrific. Emma Thompson is an inspired choice for Mrs. Potts while Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan shine in their respective roles. The CGI aids the castle inhabitants being more lively than ever and it still retained those beloved songs with a new spark. It's no wonder it became a huge hit as the tale as old as time remained beautiful in any format. 

2. The Jungle Book

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The director of Iron Man turning to a Disney classic had the ingredients to be good already. But Jon Favreau made the second live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film even better than expected. The action is terrific while also selling the terrors of the jungle itself like Scarlett Johansson's Kaa. Bill Murray is great as Baloo with Christopher Walken a wild King Louie, each shining in their character's famous songs. The Oscar-winning special effects are a highlight, but it's how Favreau gets to the emotional core of the animal characters that makes this Book a wonderful watch. 

1. Cinderella

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Truly magic in every possible way, Cinderella is a perfect balance, remaining true to the original film but still bringing a new vibe to the classic story. The loss of some songs may annoy, but Lily James is fantastic as the title character, from her abuse at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett at her evil best) to handling her love for the Prince. Helena Bonham Carter is a delight as the quirky Fairy Godmother with a good mix of comedy and romance. It also gives Cinderella a bit more independence in her final decision while still keeping to the classic ending. Overall, this set a bar all the other live-action Disney adaptations strive to match.